Thursday 23rd October 2014
 
 
Thu 23 Oct
20:00 - 21:00 Thursday Programme
Salaat followed by Dua Kumail
Fri 24 Oct
20:00 - 21:30 Muharram
20:00 Salaat
20:25 Quran
20:30 Lecture by Dr. Ali Reza Bhojani: Towards Godliness - Islam as a means not an end

This series of lectures will revolve around a central theme of Islam and its teachings being purely a means - where the only absolute is Allah, and the only real end is God and Godliness. Lectures will pick up on how the Sharia, our identity the Umma, diversity and difference should all be seen in light of this central principle, having value only in so far as they move us towards God and Godliness.

Dr Ali-Reza is a post-doctoral research and teaching fellow at the Al-Mahdi Institute. He holds a PhD from Durham University in Islamic Legal theory. His doctoral work forms the basis of his first book, to be published by Routledge in 2015, titled Moral Rationalism and Sharia, Independent rationality in modern Shii usul al-fiqh. His PhD research was supported by a scholarship from the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World through which he also read for an MA in Research Methods at Durham. Prior to his time in Durham, Ali-Reza graduated from the Al-Mahdi Institutes Four Year Hawza Programme in Arabic and Islamic studies and has since continued his traditional Islamic studies through regular sabbaticals to the seminaries of Qum and Masshad as well as under senior faculty at the Al-Mahdi Institute. Ali-reza is also a fully qualified and practicing Optometrist.

Ali-Rezas current research interests center around developing the implications and possibility of an Adliyya moral reading of Sharia in a wide range of applied areas of contemporary concern. His current teaching ranges across usul-al-fiqh, ilm al-kalam and the Methodological Issues in the Study of Islam. He serves as a member of the Al-Mahdi Institutes Education and Research Board and is a council member for the British Association of Islamic Studies (BRAIS). Ali-Reza is also actively involved in a range of outreach work across Muslim, intra-faith, and inter-faith contexts.
Sat 25 Oct
09:30 - 12:30 Tuition Classes
09:30 - 10:30 GCSE Maths - year 11
10:30 - 11:30 A/S Maths - Core C1 - year 12 (Core C2 from January 2015)
11:30 - 12:30 A/S Maths - S1 - year 12 (M1 from January 2015)
20:00 - 21:30 Muharram
20:00 Salaat
20:25 Quran
20:30 Lecture by Dr. Ali Reza Bhojani: Towards Godliness - Islam as a means not an end

This series of lectures will revolve around a central theme of Islam and its teachings being purely a means - where the only absolute is Allah, and the only real end is God and Godliness. Lectures will pick up on how the Sharia, our identity the Umma, diversity and difference should all be seen in light of this central principle, having value only in so far as they move us towards God and Godliness.

Dr Ali-Reza is a post-doctoral research and teaching fellow at the Al-Mahdi Institute. He holds a PhD from Durham University in Islamic Legal theory. His doctoral work forms the basis of his first book, to be published by Routledge in 2015, titled Moral Rationalism and Sharia, Independent rationality in modern Shii usul al-fiqh. His PhD research was supported by a scholarship from the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World through which he also read for an MA in Research Methods at Durham. Prior to his time in Durham, Ali-Reza graduated from the Al-Mahdi Institutes Four Year Hawza Programme in Arabic and Islamic studies and has since continued his traditional Islamic studies through regular sabbaticals to the seminaries of Qum and Masshad as well as under senior faculty at the Al-Mahdi Institute. Ali-reza is also a fully qualified and practicing Optometrist.

Ali-Rezas current research interests center around developing the implications and possibility of an Adliyya moral reading of Sharia in a wide range of applied areas of contemporary concern. His current teaching ranges across usul-al-fiqh, ilm al-kalam and the Methodological Issues in the Study of Islam. He serves as a member of the Al-Mahdi Institutes Education and Research Board and is a council member for the British Association of Islamic Studies (BRAIS). Ali-Reza is also actively involved in a range of outreach work across Muslim, intra-faith, and inter-faith contexts.
Sun 26 Oct
06:30 - 09:00 Fajr Salaat
Fajr salaat followed by an open meeting to discuss the updates and fundraising for The Salaam Centre project. Breakfast will be served
20:00 - 21:30 Muharram
20:00 Salaat
20:25 Quran
20:30 Lecture by Dr. Ali Reza Bhojani: Towards Godliness - Islam as a means not an end

This series of lectures will revolve around a central theme of Islam and its teachings being purely a means - where the only absolute is Allah, and the only real end is God and Godliness. Lectures will pick up on how the Sharia, our identity the Umma, diversity and difference should all be seen in light of this central principle, having value only in so far as they move us towards God and Godliness.

Dr Ali-Reza is a post-doctoral research and teaching fellow at the Al-Mahdi Institute. He holds a PhD from Durham University in Islamic Legal theory. His doctoral work forms the basis of his first book, to be published by Routledge in 2015, titled Moral Rationalism and Sharia, Independent rationality in modern Shii usul al-fiqh. His PhD research was supported by a scholarship from the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World through which he also read for an MA in Research Methods at Durham. Prior to his time in Durham, Ali-Reza graduated from the Al-Mahdi Institutes Four Year Hawza Programme in Arabic and Islamic studies and has since continued his traditional Islamic studies through regular sabbaticals to the seminaries of Qum and Masshad as well as under senior faculty at the Al-Mahdi Institute. Ali-reza is also a fully qualified and practicing Optometrist.

Ali-Rezas current research interests center around developing the implications and possibility of an Adliyya moral reading of Sharia in a wide range of applied areas of contemporary concern. His current teaching ranges across usul-al-fiqh, ilm al-kalam and the Methodological Issues in the Study of Islam. He serves as a member of the Al-Mahdi Institutes Education and Research Board and is a council member for the British Association of Islamic Studies (BRAIS). Ali-Reza is also actively involved in a range of outreach work across Muslim, intra-faith, and inter-faith contexts.
Mon 27 Oct
20:00 - 21:30 Muharram
20:00 Salaat
20:25 Quran
20:30 Lecture by Dr. Ali Reza Bhojani: Towards Godliness - Islam as a means not an end

This series of lectures will revolve around a central theme of Islam and its teachings being purely a means - where the only absolute is Allah, and the only real end is God and Godliness. Lectures will pick up on how the Sharia, our identity the Umma, diversity and difference should all be seen in light of this central principle, having value only in so far as they move us towards God and Godliness.

Dr Ali-Reza is a post-doctoral research and teaching fellow at the Al-Mahdi Institute. He holds a PhD from Durham University in Islamic Legal theory. His doctoral work forms the basis of his first book, to be published by Routledge in 2015, titled Moral Rationalism and Sharia, Independent rationality in modern Shii usul al-fiqh. His PhD research was supported by a scholarship from the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World through which he also read for an MA in Research Methods at Durham. Prior to his time in Durham, Ali-Reza graduated from the Al-Mahdi Institutes Four Year Hawza Programme in Arabic and Islamic studies and has since continued his traditional Islamic studies through regular sabbaticals to the seminaries of Qum and Masshad as well as under senior faculty at the Al-Mahdi Institute. Ali-reza is also a fully qualified and practicing Optometrist.

Ali-Rezas current research interests center around developing the implications and possibility of an Adliyya moral reading of Sharia in a wide range of applied areas of contemporary concern. His current teaching ranges across usul-al-fiqh, ilm al-kalam and the Methodological Issues in the Study of Islam. He serves as a member of the Al-Mahdi Institutes Education and Research Board and is a council member for the British Association of Islamic Studies (BRAIS). Ali-Reza is also actively involved in a range of outreach work across Muslim, intra-faith, and inter-faith contexts.
Tue 28 Oct
19:00 - 20:00 Yoga Classes
Yoga classes for ladies are taking place at Mahfil Ali on Tuesday evenings between 7:00-8:00pm. The cost for session is 3.50 or 15 for 5 sessions.
For more information or to sign up, please send an e-mail to: yoga@sicm.org.uk
20:00 - 21:30 Muharram
20:00 Salaat
20:25 Quran
20:30 Lecture by Sister Nazmina Dhanji: The importance of the conscience in the Quran

Nazmina Dhanji completed her BA in Arabic at SOAS, also spending a year in Damascus University learning the language. She went on to pursue further Islamic Studies and Farsi at Jamiatuz Zahra in Qum, Iran. She has translated various books from Arabic into English including: Introduction to Hadith Abd al-Hadi al-Fadli, Including Dirayat al-Hadith by Al-Shahid al-Thani, Combat with the Self from Wasail al-Shia. She has co-translated The Scale of Wisdom (Mizan al-Hikma) and Spiritual Mysteries and Ethical Secrets (Fayd al-Kashanis Haqaiq), and is currently working on the translation of Tafsir al-Ayyashi.
Wed 29 Oct
09:45 - 12:00 Mother and Baby Group
Mahfil Mother and Toddler sessions are back on! Join us on Wednesday mornings for play, activities and rhymes.
20:00 - 21:30 Muharram
20:00 Salaat
20:25 Quran
20:30 Lecture by Sister Nazmina Dhanji: The importance of the conscience in the Quran

Nazmina Dhanji completed her BA in Arabic at SOAS, also spending a year in Damascus University learning the language. She went on to pursue further Islamic Studies and Farsi at Jamiatuz Zahra in Qum, Iran. She has translated various books from Arabic into English including: Introduction to Hadith Abd al-Hadi al-Fadli, Including Dirayat al-Hadith by Al-Shahid al-Thani, Combat with the Self from Wasail al-Shia. She has co-translated The Scale of Wisdom (Mizan al-Hikma) and Spiritual Mysteries and Ethical Secrets (Fayd al-Kashanis Haqaiq), and is currently working on the translation of Tafsir al-Ayyashi.
 

CHAPTER 39

THE BELIEF CONCERNING DISSIMULATION (taqiya)

 Says the Shaykh, may the mercy of Allah be on him: Our belief concerning taqiya (permissible dissimulation) is that it is obligatory, and he who forsakes it is in the same position as he who forsakes prayer. Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq was told: 0 son of the Messenger of Allah, verily we see in the mosque one who openly abuses your enemies, calling out their names. And he said: May Allah curse him! Why does he refer to us? He, Who is Exalted above all, says: "Revile not those who invoke (deities) other than Allah, lest wrongfully they revile Allah through ignorance" [6, 108] And Imam Ja'far in explaining this verse has said: So do not revile them, lest they revile your 'Ali. And he also said: He who reviles the friend (wali) of Allah (i.e. All) has reviled Allah. And the Prophet said: He who reviles thee, 0 'Ali, has verily reviled me; and he, who reviles me, has verily reviled Allah.

Now until the Imam al-Qa'im appears, taqiya is obligatory and it is not permissible to dispense with it. He, who abandons it before the appearance of the Qa'im, has verily gone out of the religion of Allah, Exalted is He, and the religion of the Imams, and disobeys Allah and His Messenger and the Imams. Imam Ja'far was asked concerning the Word of Allah, Mighty and Glorious is He: "Verily the noblest among you, in the sight of Allah, is the most pious" [49, 13]. He said: (It means) he who adheres most scrupulously to the practice of taqiya.

And Allah, the Blessed and Exalted, has described the showing of friendship to unbelievers as being (possible only) in the state of taqiya. And He the Mighty and Glorious says: "Let not believers take disbelievers for their friends in preference to believers. Whoso doeth that hath no connection with Allah unless (it be) that ye but guard yourselves against them, for fear of being killed" [3, 28]. And Allah the Mighty and Glorious says: "Allah doth not forbid you to deal with kindness and fairness toward those who have not made war upon you on account of your religion, or driven you forth from your homes: for Allah loveth those who act with fairness [60, 8]." "Only Allah doth forbid you to make friends of those who, on account of your religion, have warred against you, and have driven you forth from your homes, and have aided those who drove you forth: and whoever maketh friends of them are wrong-doers" [ibid., 9].

And Imam Ja'far said: Verily, I hear a man abusing me in the mosque; and I hide myself behind a pillar so that he may not see me. And he (Imam Ja'far) said: Mix with the people (enemies) outwardly, but oppose them inwardly, so long as the Amirate (imratun) is a matter of opinion. And he also said: Verily diplomacy (arri'a') with a true believer is a form of shirk (polytheism); but with a hypocrite (munafiq) in his own house, it is worship. And he also said: He who prays with them (hypocrites) standing in the first row, it is as though he prayed with the Prophet in the first row. And he also said: Visit their sick and attend their funerals and pray in their mosques. And he also said: (You should) become an ornament for us, and not a disgrace. And he said: May Allah have mercy on a person who inculcates friendship towards us among men, and does not provoke ill-will among them.

The storytellers (qassasun) were mentioned before Imam Ja'far, and he said: May Allah curse them, for they speak ill of us. And he was asked concerning the storytellers, whether it is permissible to hear what they say, and he said: No. And Imam Ja'far said: He, who gives ear to a speaker, has verily rendered himself submissive to him; if the speaker (discourses) concerning Allah, then the listener has verily worshipped Allah, and if he speaks of the devil, then the listener has worshipped the devil.

And Imam Ja'far was asked concerning the Word of Allah, Exalted is He above all: "As for the poets, the erring follow them" [26, 224]. He said: These are the storytellers.

And the Prophet said: He, who goes to an innovator (dhu bid'a) and gives him respect, strives towards the destruction of Islam. And our belief, concerning him who opposes us in a single injunction of religion, is the like of our belief concerning him who disobeys us in all the injunctions of religion.

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